Reddish Cadets Adopt a Cemetery

July 27, 2016
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By Major Peter Hilton, Media Ops Team, GMACF

The chapel in its glory days – from an original picture provided by Sheila Robins.

The chapel in its glory days – from an original picture provided by Sheila Robins.

The Friends of Stockport Cemeteries had for some time hoped to clean up the site and recently enlisted the help of Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force in the form of SSI Mark Woodward and his intrepid instructors and cadets from the Reddish Detachment. Over the course of a number of weekends, they have cut back a lot of the ground-choking weeds and grass and have begun to uncover the old access path. It’s by no means easy and the Cadets have had to put their backs into with shovels and wheel-barrows, but they’re spurred on by the possibility that somewhere on the tumbled, entangled site that there are a number of war-graves, which, if found will be handed into the care of the proper authorities.

The path begins to re-emerge after 60 years of neglect, the remains of the boundary wall in the background

The path begins to re-emerge after 60 years of neglect, the remains of the boundary wall in the background

Shelia Robins of the Friends of Stockport Cemeteries has been delighted by the commitment shown by the detachment – “I can’t believe that so few youngsters could make so great a difference in such a small amount of time. They’re a credit to their parents and the town”.

For more information about the Army Cadets and how you can get involved, visit www.armycadets.com